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Understanding and Training a Dachshund, Longhaired

Dachshund, Longhaired

Wilful and independent, the Dachshund requires firm, patient and very persuasive training. It is important to maintain calm assertive energy while training a Dachshund and respond to the expected occasional disobedience with an equal sense of humour, yet steadfast consistency. The use of harsh methods may cause this dog to snap, if not damage the good-tempered bond between dog & handler.

The Longhaired is often considered to be the more gentle & docile than the other Dachshund varieties, however, this is still a bold, courageous and brash hunter that is known to have "terrier-type" qualities and often a "big dog" mentality.

Due to its hunting instincts, the Dachshund can be independent, clever, curious and very active & outgoing. Unchannelled energy may very well translate to excessive barking, digging & destruction, therefore it is helpful to challenge this dog in training by incorporating rewarding games such as hide & seek and other such interactive scent & senses activities.

Also an all-around fun dog, the Dachshund thrives in human companionship. They can be very adaptable & versatile, but also somewhat demanding in the desire to be included. A well balanced Dachshund, on the other hand, is notoriously devoted & loyal!

Breed Profile

Breed Name: Dachshund, Longehaired

Domestic Dog Group:

Brief Description:

  • General Size: 15 - 35 lbs (7 - 12 kg); 20 - 25 cm, Standard; 9 - 10 lbs (4 - 5 kg); 13 - 23 cm, Miniature
  • General Temperament: Active, Outgoing & Determined
  • General Description: A well-balanced Dachshund is one that is included, challenged appreciated and thoughtfully & persuasively trained. There are six varieties in total: the Longhaired, Wirehaired, Smooth x Standard or Miniature in size.

Breed’s Key Traits

  High Med-High Medium Med-Low Low
Requires Experience       x  
Good Family Dog     x    
Exercise Required       x  
Activity Indoors        
Ease of Training        
Sociability with Strangers       x  
Grooming Requirements      x    

 

Brief History

The name Dachshund comes from "dachs" (badger) and "hund" (dog), as this German breed origins date to the early 1900's as a hunter of badger. The miniature size was developed to hunt less fierce rodents (primarily the rabbit), although the breed is better known and enjoyed today as a companion.

 

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